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Metric visual is now available in preview

We are excited to announce that Metric visual is now available in preview in the Service! We are expanding the Scorecard visual we shipped last year to include the metric visual. This provides a huge level of flexibility in integrating metrics into your Power BI reporting solutions. You can now include individual metrics instead of the entire scorecard and create report pages showcasing metrics alongside other visuals, in the context of the rest of the report data.

Screenshot showing a metric visual

You can either create a new metric or add a metric from an existing scorecard as a visual in the report.

Screenshot showing options to add a metric visual

You can create a metric by either entering values or connecting to data in reports you have access to.

Screenshot showing the dialog to create a new metric

You can view notes, perform check-ins, set up rules on this metric just like on a regular scorecard.

You can also format the metric visual to the look and feel of the rest of the report and it is configurable with options to turn the individual metric elements (such as targets, owner etc.) on/off.

Please note that this visual will be made available in Desktop next month. In the coming updates, we are excited to add support for cross-filtering and connecting to data in the current report.

The other updates we shipped for Metrics in last few weeks include:

  • Move and copy scorecard
  • Follow metrics
  • Share link to a metric

Move/copy scorecard

Many organizations have ‘template’ scorecards that different departments or business groups might want to use as a starting point; Or you might want to develop a ‘test’ scorecard in My workspace to make sure the metrics are working correctly before moving it to the correct workspace when it’s ready to share. You can now do all this using the new move or copy scorecard functionality.

Screenshot showing File menu options

You can move the entire scorecard with all the scorecard features and metadata including the check-ins, status rules as-is to a new workspace. You will be provided with a dropdown of a list of workspaces you have access to pick from.

Screenshot showing Move scorecard dialog

Copy scorecard has the option to include/exclude check-in history. This makes it easy to reuse the same scorecard for a newer time period (for example, for fiscal year scorecards) so you don’t have to do this all over again.

 Screenshot showing Copy scorecard dialog

 The copy scorecards capability is also useful in getting started quickly if you want to create a new scorecard by reusing the metric definition from an existing scorecard.

Follow metrics

You can now use the ‘Follow’ functionality to quickly access metrics you’re interested in and stay up to date on the activity on these metrics. You can follow metrics as you’re browsing through different scorecards and later access all your followed metrics in one place.

Screenshot showing follow metric

You can view all the metrics you are following in the Metrics hub under the Following section. Clicking on a metric tile takes you to the scorecard containing the metric. This makes it easy to get a quick overview of the metrics you care about without having to navigate to different scorecards often.

Screenshot showing Metrics hub

Once you follow a metric, you will get Teams notifications right in the activity feed and as a banner (toast card) whenever the metric definition is updated, a check-in is added or when an automated status rule changes the status of the metric. When you click the notification, the scorecard opens and the Details pane for the metric is shown. This Teams integration makes it easy to stay up to date about the metrics you follow without having to leave Teams to view the scorecards.

Share link to a metric

Often times you want to draw someone else’s attention to a specific metric in a scorecard for them to take a look at it. Now, instead of having to @mention someone in a new check-in, you can reference a metric by simply sharing a direct link to it. When a metric is selected on a scorecard, the URL in the address bar is now updated with the metric ID. The link in the “Share” scorecard option also has been updated to include the metric ID if a metric is selected. When the recipient opens the link, they now will be able to view the scorecard with the details pane of that metric open.

Please try out these features in preview. We greatly appreciate any feedback in terms of what you liked about the feature and how we can improve it.  Please feel free to leave a comment on this blog with your thoughts. Thank you!

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